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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) William Joyce, Illustrated by William Joyce, Illustrated by Joe Bluhm

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  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Format: Hardback | 56 pages
  • Dimensions: 211mm x 300mm x 13mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1442457023
  • ISBN 13: 9781442457027
  • Illustrations note: , colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 4,211

Product description

The book that inspired the Academy Award-winning short film, from "New York Times "bestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce. "Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. But every story has its upsets. "Everything in Morris Lessmore's life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of story will save the day. Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children's literature, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today's world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it's story that we truly celebrate--and this story, no matter "how" you tell it, begs to be read again and again.

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William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children's media. His books include the "New York Times" bestseller "The Man in the Moon," "Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King," "E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core!," and "Santa Calls." He's won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series, developed character concepts for "Toy Story" and "A Bug's Life," and made films including "Robots "and "Meet the Robinsons." He's currently executive producer of the DreamWorks Animation release of "Rise of the Guardians" (Fall 2012) inspired by his new series. He is also producing "The Leaf Men," based on his book "The Leaf Men." And his star continues to rise--he won an Academy Award for his innovative short film "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore." He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

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By Nicola Mansfield 30 Jun 2012 5

Reason for Reading: Like everyone else I was enchanted with the short film when it came out and linked it on my blog and FB right away. When I saw the book was out I just had to read it!

An absolutely wonderful, whimsical story for book lovers of all ages. A delightful story that just lets one become enraptured with the celebration of books and the story they tell. And even though this "book" is available in true book form here, as a movie, on an ereader and originally as an ipod app, it truly honours the traditional book form in all its ancient glory. The story is joyous and yet slightly bittersweet, leaving one with the feeling that no matter what happens in the future, true books will always be with us in our heart of hearts. We just won't let them go!

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"Joyce s magnificently illustrated book-about-books inspired yet arrives after his 2011 animated short film of the same name, which won an Oscar. The unusual sequence of film-to-book (there s an app, too) suggests that while books are indeed glorious things, what really matters is story. This one follows a dreamy bibliophile named Morris Lessmore, who loses his cherished book collection to a cataclysmic storm that s half Katrina (Joyce is from Louisiana) and half Wizard of Oz. After meeting a lovely lady... being pulled along by a festive squadron of flying books, Morris finds an abandoned library whose books are alive and whose covers beat like the wings of birds. They flutter around him protectively, watch as he starts writing again, and care for him as he ages: They read themselves to him each night. Underneath this book-about-books, there s a deeper story of love, loss, and healing, one that will be appreciated as much (if not more) by adults as by children." --"Publishers Weekly"